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Nash deputies identify man’s body

CASTALIA — Authorities have identified a body found near a Nash County gamelands entrance last month as the remains of a missing Greensboro man. Jaleel Taqee Evans, 29, had been missing …

Police seek leads in 2 Rocky Mount homicides

ROCKY MOUNT — Police are investigating two shooting deaths that occurred last week. On Nov. 16, police found a man who had been shot in a car parked near a city park. Tavarus Lynch, 26, …
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Nash reports 17 new COVID deaths, increasing death toll to 107

NASHVILLE — Seventeen previously unreported coronavirus deaths, including six in the past week, have increased the virus’ Nash County death toll to 107.  Nash County had charted a …
Heather Lousie Finch and her grandmother Pearl Finch reminisce about wreaths Monday afternoon at the Finch Forest just outside Bailey.

'My roots kept me grounded': Heather Finch returns home to restart wreath business

BAILEY — When the coronavirus pandemic caused a downtown in the economy, a Nash County native moved home from New York City to revive her family’s Christmas wreath business. For the …
State and local authorities warn motorists traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday to slow down and be cautious.

Prepare for Thanksgiving traffic: Troopers, Nash police plan speed crackdown

While health officials are asking folks to stay home for Thanksgiving, state and local authorities hope those who travel will leave early so they can drive slowly in expected heavy holiday …
A CloudWyze broadband installation is shown in Nash County. Attached to the roof, a tripod holds the device that receives the internet signal from the tower in the distance.

Broadband access spreading across Nash County

NASHVILLE — An internet provider contracted with Nash County is on the verge of providing broadband to underserved rural areas across the county. Company and county officials worked together to …

Firefighters: Close doors at home to escape house fires

SPRING HOPE — Firefighters are reminding folks to close their doors during winter months, citing an early morning house fire last week as a perfect example.  Spring Hope Engine 61, …
Town workers set up the Bailey town Christmas tree last week. The tree will be lit on Dec. 5 during the Bailey Christmas Block Party.

Santa to visit Bailey at block party

BAILEY — The annual Christmas parade may be canceled, but that’s not stopping Santa Claus from coming to town during a new event: the Bailey Christmas Block Party. Bailey Chamber of …

Castalia not on utility funding list

CASTALIA — Town officials have been put on notice to hire an independent auditor, but the town isn’t in line for state utility funding. The N.C. Local Government Commission voted …
Gov. Roy Cooper arrives for a June press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Citing 'pivotal moment' in virus fight, Cooper tightens state mask mandate

Gov. Roy Cooper gave North Carolinians a stark warning Monday as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase statewide.  “We are in danger,” Cooper said during a …

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Weathercast: Cool temps, mostly sunny skies for Thanksgiving

High pressure is forecast to stay around Tuesday to give the Wilson Times area mostly sunny skies and cool high temperatures in the mid-50s. After an overnight low in the upper 30s, winds will …


John Hood

Our state has gotten freer

RALEIGH — While modern conservatism in America brings together a number of discrete groups, interests and priorities, one of its unifying themes is maximizing freedom — by which …

Tom Campbell

What to expect in the last month of 2020?

North Carolina has experienced just about everything imaginable this year, so with one month to go, let’s look at what to expect.  Our COVID-weary people are starving for some good …

Gary Pearce

Is Roy Cooper the last of his kind?

North Carolina may never see another Democratic governor like Roy Cooper. In fact, we may never see another Democratic statewide candidate like him. By “like him,” I mean Democratic …

Top sports stories
The masked spikers: Fike sweeps Ladybirds in Big East, season opener
WILSON — The Fike High varsity volleyball team received word a week ago that this unorthodox 2020 North Carolina High School … Read More
Matt Foster earns East-West All-Star Game selection
Seniors Makayla Everette of Beddingfield, Matt Foster of Southern Nash and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe will all have one … Read More
Firebirds’ Watson hopes to be in middle of the action at NC Wesleyan
In his three years as a starting offensive lineman, Southern Nash High’s Luke Watson has helped pave the way for the Firebirds to … Read More
Leaving the lights on: With no sports, Hunt and Southern Nash aim to #BeTheLight
In what now seems like a time long ago, baseball teams from Hunt High and Fike were scheduled to play on Fike’s Gilbert Ferrell … Read More
Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game
ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams … Read More
Rooster for Thanksgiving dinner

As I made the menu for Thanksgiving dinner this morning, I had a flashback to one particular Thanksgiving when I was growing up. I must have been about 12 or 13 years old, but I remember hearing …

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Our Opinion: King's dream should convict, challenge and unite us

Fifty-seven years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality, justice and unity with a quarter million people in the nation’s capital.  Delivered from the Lincoln …

Our Opinion: Political clothing offers no excuse to mistreat guests

Our Opinion: Pandemic makes Pumpkin Festival in 2020 too risky

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